I’m by no means someone who should have a strong and/or relevant opinion about the events in Ferguson MO. But I’m reading everything I see to try to understand what’s happening in & to the US. Here’s a collection of links to people who have interesting things to say:
Killer Mike on Instagram
Killer Mike at a Show in St Louis, the day of the Grand Jury ruling
Ta Nehisi Coates (the Atlantic)
What cannot be said is that America does not really believe in nonviolence—Barack Obama has said as much—so much as it believes in order. What cannot be said is that there are very convincing reasons for black people in Ferguson to be nonviolent. But those reasons emanate from an intelligent fear of the law, not a benevolent respect for the law.
What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?
I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.
Well, that would be much more revealing.
Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.
Right. It’s ridiculous.
So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. […]
(it is a wide-ranging interview: read the whole thing)